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Is It Ever Appropriate To Celebrate a "VIRTUAL Lord's Supper?"

Is It Ever Appropriate To Celebrate a "VIRTUAL Lord's Supper?"

A few days after the Australian government introduced limitations on gatherings and ministers realised that churches would have to meet on-line, several ministers asked me about the Lord’s Supper. I wrote a response and circulated it around the Presbyterian Churches in our state.

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Virtual Communion and the Real Presence

Virtual Communion and the Real Presence

What follows is not intended to be a scholarly paper, exegeting Scripture and drawing on learned sources, it is rather a more or less spontaneous reflection on the challenge of whether or not Reformed Protestant Christians should seek a cyber experience of the Lord’s Supper.

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Holy Communion in a Coronavirus World

Holy Communion in a Coronavirus World

The Lord’s Supper is a sacred meal for Christians. It expresses our fellowship within the body of Christ, both among fellow members of Christ’s body, and also with the head of that body, our risen Lord. Three elements of the Lord’s Supper are found in Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians.

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Sometimes a Light Surprises

Sometimes a Light Surprises

Cowper’s 18th century song rings true: when comforts are declining, God grants to the soul a season of light to cheer us again.

Our (Australian) Prime Minister has said, more than once, that we’re facing significant deprivation of comforts and such hardship that we’ve not seen for generations – even as far back as the two world wars.

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The Gambia: Creeping Sharia Threatens Human Rights

The Gambia: Creeping Sharia Threatens Human Rights

In December 2015 many were shocked when President Yahya Jammeh declared The Gambia to be an “Islamic Republic.” The July 2014 declaration of a Caliphate by ISIS echoed in our memories. These concerns began to recede in January 2017, when the new president, Adama Barrow, restored the older name, “Republic of The Gambia.”

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The Coronavirus: Can Any Words Help?

The Coronavirus: Can Any Words Help?

The coronavirus had one huge advantage: the element of surprise. It gave no advance warning, no early danger-signs, not even a gradual evolution. One mutation, and suddenly it was there, invisible and unstoppable.

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Coronavirus - Responding with Prayer

Coronavirus - Responding with Prayer

COVID-19, which has so spectacularly brought the world to its knees, is a particularly deadly member of the Coronavirus family.  Corona is Latin for garland.  In Spanish it means crown.  It is also the brand name of a globally successful Mexican beer. 

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God's Glory in Our Dark World

God's Glory in Our Dark World

Isn’t abortion just terrible? Babies are human! If you don’t think they are, then you’re buddying up with those Nazis who were glad to slaughter Jews, since they’re Untermenschen, subhuman. Yes, it’s terrible, so what can we do about it?

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DISCERNING ISLAM: A Resource for Understanding Islam

DISCERNING ISLAM: A Resource for Understanding Islam

Islam has been an important part of American life going back at least to the 1940’s, although history indicates Muslims have actually been a part of our country’s founding from the eighteenth century. 

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The Westminster Standards and Gay Christianity's Side "B" [The Revoice Conference]

The Westminster Standards and Gay Christianity's Side "B" [The Revoice Conference]

In my first post, I critiqued the Nashville Statement for areas in which it conflicted with the Westminster Standards, particularly in its understanding of sin. In this post I want to engage with gay Christianity’s Side B.

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The Westminster Standards and Gay Christianity's Side "A" [The Nashville Statement]

The Westminster Standards and Gay Christianity's Side "A" [The Nashville Statement]

The first installment in this series will examine the compatibility of the Nashville Statement on Human Sexuality with the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. One of the criticisms of the Nashville Statement was its production by a parachurch organization rather than a church.

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India’s Fight Against Fascism

India’s Fight Against Fascism

 

This Advent season India instead of experiencing peace and calm finds itself engulfed in protests across the country. Terming the current state of affairs as an undeclared emergency, tens of thousands of Indians are on the streets fighting for the very survival of Indian democracy against fascism.

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